Promoting British Values at St Edmund's RC Primary School. The DfE have recently reinforced the need "to create and enforce a clear and rigorous expectation on all schools to promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs". The government set out its definition of British values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy, and these values have been reiterated by the Prime Minister this year (2014). St Edmund's RC Primary School is committed to actively promoting the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.
Democratic processes are embedded in the way we work at St Edmund's. Each class elects a class councillor who represents them on the School Council. Pupils views are sought in many ways such as surveys; interviews; pupil voice; assemblies and also in drawing up their class rules and charters at the beginning of the year as part of their SEAL (social and emotional aspects of learning) programme.
At St Edmund's our pastoral policies such as the Behaviour Policy, Anti-Bullying Policy and Equality Policy, ensure that all children can learn in a safe environment. Children are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and to know how to keep themselves safe. We work with agencies such as Childline, Greater Manchester Police and Health professionals. We are committed to ensuring that our children know how to keep themselves healthy and fit in order to fully enjoy their lives now and in adulthood.
Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs
We want our children to understand the wider community they live in as well as the global community and how they can contribute to both and make a difference. As a Catholic School our relationship with the Church and the local community is very important.
The Rule of Law
The importance of Laws or rules is reinforced in many ways. These include class rules and wider school rules. School rules and values apply to all and are to be clearly understood as a framework for the way we all conduct ourselves. The need for rules is often discussed in assemblies and through our PSHE (personal, social and health education) programme. Mutual Respect
Our school ethos is built around our mission statement. We are a family, where God is at the heart of everything we do; where everyone is welcomed; where everyone is loved respected and cared for and where everyone is helped to achieve their very best. This is covered further in our weekly 'Statement to Live By'. The 'Statement to Live By' is often at the heart of discussions in Circle Time, Assemblies, Collective Worship, School Council meetings and in staff meetings. We regularly ask parents and carers for their views on our school (Parent/Carer Voice) and how it meets the needs of their child in terms of their happiness and wellbeing. We hope that by living in an environment where mutual respect is demonstrated daily they will enter the wider world understanding its importance.